takes the cake

takes the cake
(something) takes the cake something is the most extreme example.

I've known some jerks but you take the cake.

Usage notes: usually said about something bad

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • something takes the cake — (something) takes the cake something is the most extreme example. I ve known some jerks but you take the cake. Usage notes: usually said about something bad …   New idioms dictionary

  • that takes the cake — that is the strangest or loudest or wildest etc.    I ve seen big pumpkins, but that takes the cake! It s fifty pounds! …   English idioms

  • that takes the cake — that is the ultimate, that is the most exceptional …   English contemporary dictionary

  • take the cake — verb rank first; used often in a negative context He takes the cake for chutzpah! • Hypernyms: ↑win • Verb Frames: Something s Somebody s * * * phrasal : to carry off the prize originally in a cakewalk …   Useful english dictionary

  • take the cake — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To take the first prize; be the best; rank first. * /Mr. Jones takes the cake as a storyteller./ 2. To be the limit; to be the worst; have a lot of nerve; be a very rude, bold, or surprising action. * /I let Jack borrow my… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take the cake — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To take the first prize; be the best; rank first. * /Mr. Jones takes the cake as a storyteller./ 2. To be the limit; to be the worst; have a lot of nerve; be a very rude, bold, or surprising action. * /I let Jack borrow my… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take\ the\ cake — v. phr. slang 1. To take the first prize; be the best; rank first. Mr. Jones takes the cake as a storyteller. 2. To be the limit; to be the worst; have a lot of nerve; be a very rude, bold, or surprising action. I let Jack borrow my baseball and… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • take the cake — If something takes the cake, it is the best and takes the honours …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • take the cake — British, American & Australian, British & Australian if you say that something someone has said or done takes the cake, you mean that it was very bad, and even worse than things they have said or done before. She s been opening my letters that… …   New idioms dictionary

  • take the cake — Digest 16/2002 to outdo; to exceed normal behavior; metaphorically, to win the prize David has done foolish things in the past, but I never thought he would do anything this foolish. This really takes the cake. The expression is often used to… …   Idioms and examples

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